Directions to the Steeplechase Office:
From I-20N (Columbia) :
Take exit number 22 at US-1 South, turn left off exit. Follow US-1 South to Aiken; US-1 South becomes York Street. Continue until road ends on South Boundary Avenue, turn left. Continue on South Boundary to Marlboro Road, turn Right. At stop sign, turn left and then immediate right on to Two Notch Road. Turn left into the Aiken Training Track. The Aiken Steeplechase office is the first gray building on the right.
From South Side of Aiken
From Whiskey Road, take Pine Log Road East. Turn left on Two Notch Road. Continue on Two Notch Road (becomes a dirt road) until the Aiken Training Track is on the right. At the Aiken Training Track/The Saddle Doctor sign, turn right. The Aiken Steeplechase office is the first gray building on the right.
Races are held each year at the Aiken Horse Park, Home of Ford Conger Field which is located at 931 Powder House Road, Aiken, SC 29801.
RED GATE: Option A: From South Boundary Avenue - Turn South on Marlboro Street, Continue on Two Notch Road, Turn Left on Audubon Road. Option B: From Pine Log Road - Turn North on Two Notch Road, Turn Right on Audubon Road
BLUE GATE: From Pine Log Road Only - Turn North on Powder House Road
GREEN GATE: From South Boundary Only - Turn South on Powder House Road, Turn Right on Audubon Road.
Why attend Steeplechase?
How can I get a railside or second row tailgating space for the Spring races?
Aiken's Fall and Spring Steeplechase events are a wonderful way to spend a day seeing the horses fly, spending time with friends, and enjoying the beautiful Aiken weather while tailgating!
What is the difference between the Guarantor and Subscriber Admission Railsides?
The Spring Steeplechase is a sold out event every year and railsides, second row and even infield tailgating spaces are in high demand. The turnover is very low because the same patrons renew them every year. Last year’s space holders may reserve all railsides second row, and infield/outfield tailgating spaces until March 1, 2017. On March 6th, all spaces that are not renewed will be sold in a lottery at 3:30 pm at the Steeplechase office (538 Two Notch Road). The only patrons who are eligible for the lottery are those who purchased a railside package at the 2016 Fall Steeplechase. There are no waiting lists. The ASA regrets that it is not able to accommodate all interested parties and recommends attending the Fall Steeplechase (October 28, 2017) where railsides are available.
Can I buy parking at the gate on the day of the races?
Guarantor Railside Packages include a railside plus four tickets to the Guarantor Tent Party. Subscriber Railside Packages includes a railside four Patron Passes and one additional parking pass in the Subscriber area.
If I have a parking space for fall do I have the same space automatically in the spring? And vice versa?
In the Fall, you CAN purchase General Admission parking on race day. In the Spring, you CANNOT purchase General Admission parking on race day. In the Spring on race day, parking may be available at the Powderhouse Polo Field or at the Aiken Training Track. Parking prices are set by those organizations.
Are Children admitted free of charge?
The spring race and the fall race are considered separate. Those guests that purchased a reserved parking space last spring are given the opportunity to purchase that same space the next spring. Guests that purchased a space for the fall race may renew that space next fall by the deadline.
Does the Aiken Steeplechase take credit cards?
Children 10 and Under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.
When do the gates open, and what is closing time?
Yes. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover/Novus.
What time do the races start?
Gates open to the public at 9 a.m. and the last race is run at approximately at 3:30 p.m.
Are the races ever cancelled?
The first race on the card is scheduled for 1pm.
Is there parking outside the gates?
The races are held rain or shine in any type of weather. There are absolutely NO REFUNDS
Is there a “Will Call” at the races?
Parking is not available outside the gates - and would be considered a traffic hazard.
What do people wear?
No. Because of the location of the track and traffic on race day, all tickets must be picked up from the office by 1 p.m. the Friday before the day of the event.
Are dogs allowed?
Where is the Aiken Steeplechase office located?
Afternoon dress is suggested for this event. Women guests at the Guarantor Tent Party customarily wear summer/spring dresses and hats. Flat heels such as wedges are suggested. Men typically wear lightweight sport coats and ties. Shorts and jeans are not appropriate for the Tent Party.
Attire on the rails is marginally more relaxed - we recommend a sportswear look for women and khakis for men. Dressing according to the weather is always a good rule of thumb.
What are your office hours?
The office is located at the Aiken Training Track at 538 Two Notch Road, S.E.
From South Boundary (from Downtown Aiken)
Turn Right onto Marlboro Road.
At the stop sign, turn Left and immediately turn Right on to Two Notch Road.
The Aiken Training Track is the first Left and the ASA office is the first cottage on the Left.
From Whiskey Road (from South Aiken)
Turn Right Price Avenue SE
Turn Left on Two Notch Road - go 1.3 miles
Turn Right into the Aiken Training Track and the ASA office is the first cottage on the Left.
Where can I buy steeplechase merchandise, such as posters, hats, etc.?
Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The office is open year round, but please call ahead during the off-season. Note - Office hours on Friday before race event will be 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
How do I become a member of the Aiken Steeplechase Association?
All merchandise is sold at the Aiken Steeplechase office as well as at both race meets at the Village of Shops.
Fill out the attached membership form below, and mail it to the Aiken Steeplechase Association (PO Box 360, Aiken, SC 29802) with your payment.
Become a Steeplechase VIP and stay informed with an Aiken Steeplechase Membership! Member benefits include:
Annual Fee: $100 per household
Aiken Steeplechase Membership Form
Mail your membership form and payment to the Aiken Steeplechase Association, PO Box 360, Aiken, SC 29802.
The Village of Shops began in 1993 and is now a much-anticipated part of the Steeplechase. Vendors from all over the Southeast bring their wares to sell throughout the day of the races. Items range from equestrian gifts, antiques, paintings, clothing, jewelry, and much more.
Become a Vendor:
Village of Shops participants are selected by a jury from the Aiken Steeplechase Committee. We select vendors who provide the diversity to reduce competition and to satisfy patrons of the Aiken Steeplechase race meets. Priority will be given, but not guaranteed, to past Village of Shops participants and vendors who select the Spring/Fall Deal, which begins in the Spring of each year.
Please review the Village of Shops Policy Statement below and fill out the form to submit your application.
Spring 2017 Village of Shops Application
Applications should be mailed to the Aiken Steeplechase Office (PO Box 360, Aiken, SC 29802) no later than February 1, 2017.